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Demographics of Japan

The total population of Japan is 127,185,332 people. People in Japan speak the Japanese language. The linguistic diversity of Japan is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Japan is 0.0178. The median age is approximately 46.1 years. Life expectancy in Japan is 84. The female fertility rate in Japan is 1.4. Around 5% of the population of Japan are obese. The ethnic diversity is almost uniform according to a fractionalization scale which for Japan is 0.0119. To find out specifics of language, religion, age, gender distribution, and advancement of people in Japan see the sections below, as well as visit the section concerning the education in the country.

Population

In Japan, the population density is 335.58 people per square kilometer (873 per square mile). Because of this statistic, this country is considered to be densely populated. The total population of Japan is 127,185,332 people. Japan has approximately 2,043,877 foreign immigrants. Immigrants in Japan represent 1.1 percent of the total number of immigrants in the world. Immigrants in Japan represent 1.9 percent of the total number of immigrants in the world. The ethnic diversity of Japan is almost uniform according to a fractionalization scale based on ethnicity. Ethnic fractionalization (EF) deals with the number, sizes, socioeconomic distribution, and geographical location of distinct cultural groups, usually in a state or some otherwise delineated territory. Specific cultural features might refer to language, skin color, religion, ethnicity, customs and traditions, history, or other distinctive criteria, alone or in combination. Frequently, these features are used for social exclusion and the monopolization of power. The index of ethnic fractionalization in Japan is 0.0119. This means that the people living in Japan are somewhat fractionalized. EF is usually measured as 1 minus the Herfindahl concentration index of ethnolinguistic group shares, which reproduces the probability that two randomly drawn individuals from the population belong to different groups. The theoretical maximum of EF of 1 means that each person belongs to a different group. Read below for statistics of Japan on median age and gender distribution at various ages.

Age

The median age is approximately 46.1 years. The median age for men is 44.8, while the median age for women is 47.5.

Gender

The sex ratio, or the number of males for each female (estimated at birth), is 1.06. It can be further divided into the following categories: sex ratio under 15 - 1.06; sex ratio from 15 to 64 - 1.02; sex ratio over 64 - 0.74; total sex ratio - 0.95. Total sex ratio is different from sex ratio estimated at birth. This is due to the fact that some newborns are considered in the sex ratio estimated at birth but pass away within the first weeks of their life and are not included in the total sex ratio.

Religion

The majority religion of Japan is Buddhism, the followers of which comprise 36.2% of all religious believers in the country. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion or philosophy (Sanskrit: धर्म dharma; Pali:धम्म dhamma) that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha, commonly known as the Buddha (the awakened one). According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving. Buddhists believe that this is accomplished through the direct understanding and perception of dependent origination and the Four Noble Truths. Besides Buddhism, there are several other religions present within the country. Other religions in Japan are Christianity, Buddhism, folk religions. The religious diversity of Japan is rather diverse according to a fractionalization scale based on the number of religions in Japan. The index of religious fractionalization in Japan is 0.5406. This score means that there are several major religions distributed evenly within Japan.

General development

Japan is considered to be a developed nation. The developmental stage of a nation is determined by a number of factors including, but not limited to, economic prosperity, life expectancy, income equality, and quality of life. As a developed nation, Japan is able to provide its citizens with social services like public education, healthcare, and law enforcement. Citizens of developed nations enjoy a high standard of living and longer life expectancies than citizens of developing nations. In Japan, 79.05 in every 100 people use internet. Japan has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.89. Japan has a very high HDI score. This indicates that nearly all citizens are able to attain a desirable life because of social and economic support; citizens with a low standard of living receive aid and support and have the opportunity to advance in society. In Japan, 16% of the population lives below the poverty line. The percentage of citizens living below the poverty line in Japan is fairly high, but is not reason for complete concern with regard to investments. Potential financial backers should look at other economic markers, including GDP, urbanization rate, and strength of currency, before making any decisions regarding investments.

Language

People in Japan speak the Japanese language. The linguistic diversity of Japan is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale based on the number of unrelated languages spoken in Japan. The index of linguistic fractionalization in Japan is 0.0178. This means that within the country there is one major language and a few minor languages. Unrelated languages share few characteristics of grammatical structure, vocabulary, and etymological heritage. Linguistic diversity often results in issues of social and cultural fractionalization that can impact a country’s political circumstance and public policies.